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Meredith Ely
As a Teach For America corps member, Meredith spent the last two years teaching in urban Chicago. In addition to gaining insight into the infrastructure and management of the public school system, she got an inside look at other federal and state programs for early childhood education including HeadStart, Preschool For All, and childcare initiatives run by the state Department of Human Services.

Meredith attended Stanford University, where she focused her academic work on the politics and ethics of public services for youth in the American Studies department. Following a passion for education and youth advocacy, she received her Master of Science in Education from Dominican University. She currently works as the marketing manager at LearnBoost, a fast growing, venture capital backed education software company with a social mission to bring positive reform to schools.

Entries by Meredith Ely

MySciHigh Steals the Show at Startup Weekend EDU

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 12:13 PM

"No talk, all action," is the loudly sung motto of Startup Weekend, a movement to transform the way we think, innovate, and create. Thousands of local organizers have hosted Startup Weekends around the world, forging a network of entrepreneurs, developers, product managers, marketing whizzes, educators, designers, and startup...

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Top 10 Stories in Education in 2011

(5) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 9:03 AM

As 2011 comes to a close, the time has come to reflect on how innovation and perhaps failure have shaken up the education system. A version of this post was originally published on the LearnBoost blog (that I manage), but it has been syndicated for its broader implications...

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Growing Education Marketplace Good News for Schools and Startups

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 10:44 AM

Earlier this year, I tried my luck at a TEDxSFED Speaker Search. TEDx is the well-reputed TED's local brand, and SFED is the education-specific group dedicated to bringing innovative ideas to education.

My colleague, Rafael Corrales, and I were discussing education markets, comparative advantage and...

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iPad 2 Could Level Playing Field For Learning

(140) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 9:00 PM

With over 15 million iPads sold to date, we might see its ubiquity as a matter of time. With the launch of the iPad 2, Apple will continue its push to democratize technology through anticipated lower costs, proven utility, and product "stickiness". Tablets have generated a...

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The 'Technology Plan' Conundrum

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 2:49 PM

Last year, the U.S. set ambitious goals in the National Education Technology Plan 2010 for our education system. In a recent weekly address, Obama reiterated his desire to push limits in technology and innovation: we must "out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build the rest of the world."

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Why Don't Techies Care About Education?

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 11:56 AM

In my recent post, "Education Cares About Technology, But Do Technologists Care About Education?" I raised my concern that the education and the technology worlds are coming together, but perhaps not as strategically or advantageously as they could.

I was thrilled to see the insightful and thoughtful commentary...

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Education Cares About Technology, But Do Technologists Care About Education?

(24) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 1:46 PM

Going from education, both as a student and a teacher, directly into the education technology space has been eye-opening. I work in an entrepreneurial incubator in the heart of Silicon Valley, surrounded by unbelievable technologists from the hottest tech startups in San Francisco. Out of the 20-plus companies launching amazing...

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Behind at Age 3: Why Preschool Needs to Be a National Focus

(20) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 1:04 PM

Restructuring or at least revamping the U.S. K-12 education system merits the political attention and media coverage it has been getting. Big names are surfacing in education, like Rhee, Christie, Black, Klein, and Gates, drawing a wider audience and pushing educational issues into the mainstream. While education reform may be...

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School Leaders: Making and Breaking Education

(5) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 12:41 PM

With budget cuts taking place over the last year, the public elementary school that I attended was closed. The once bustling school in the heart of the historic downtown was hollowed and silenced. I had just decided to take a hiatus from teaching when several people pleaded for me to...

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Who Gets Hurt By Charitable Contributions to Education?

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 12:57 PM

In many states, school funding relies on a set percentage of the property taxes gathered within the district. In affluent areas, property taxes are likely higher, meaning schools receive a hefty check. In poorer districts, the percentage gained from the lower taxes results in minimal operating funds. In...

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Schools -- The Ultimate Agents of Social Change

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 1:47 PM

People get seriously defensive -- with good reason -- at blanket statements about teaching and curriculum standards, accountability in schools, and teacher union authority. When discussing reform, subtle nuances get lost in politicized rhetoric and very personal experiences. Reform is framed almost as a holy war against a lethargic, failing...

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Theory or Bust -- What are Teachers Learning?

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 12:52 PM

This week I had a great discussion with a friend who is nearing the end of her elementary accreditation program at a state university. She has worked diligently over several years to prepare herself to be an instructional leader in a bilingual classroom. In her formal teacher preparation program she...

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Raising Standards for Teachers in the Wake of a Crisis

(14) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 12:21 PM

In what seems an absurd oxymoron, we currently have a teacher shortage in all 50 states, while simultaneously budgets for education shrink and pink slips land on teacher desks. One of my colleagues recently wrote about the pending teacher shortage crisis in the United States, noting the leading...

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Blaming Teachers or Finding Solutions?

(15) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 1:14 AM

Education pundits are championing the creed, "education is the civil rights issue of our generation," to bring a sense of urgency to a broken public education system. Individuals that propose bold restructuring of schools, like Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan, and a myriad of other reform-minded leaders, are calling the public...

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